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    Congrats CS.... we are proud of you....keep it up !! Chakh de !!

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    Congrats.. And all the best. You are an inspiration to many bikers now.

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    Default India made proud by C S Santosh in Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

    Indian motocros legend C S Santosh has finished the LEG-2 14th in the moto category Abu Dhabi Desert Challengehe2013 .

    After the LEG-2 C S Santhosh at 14th | MotoXindia.com

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    Topic Approved & moved to Motorsports Section.

    So, the veteran finally gets his time, huh? Congrats to Santosh.

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    good.......making progress..

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    CS Santosh

    An unfortunate incident yesterday caused me to retire from the race close to the the finish of day 3. I was airlifted to a hospital where I am now recovering and I should be up and about in good time. Thank you all for supporting my debut at the World Rally in Abu Dhabi would not have been possible without.
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    Default Santosh drops out of championship with third degree burns

    India's best off-road rider C S Santoshs debut in the FIM World Cross Country championship at Abu Dhabi came to an abrupt end after his motorcycle caught fire on day four of the event, forcing him to drop out due to third degree burns.

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    The Indian was running well in the top 15 and was a few kilometers from crossing the finish line of the fourth leg of the six-day Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, when a fuel overflow issue and an overheating bike lead to a fuel fire which melted his riding gear and scarred parts of his body.

    He was luckily rescued when a four-wheeler class competitor stopped by and was then evacuated to the hospital by a rescue chopper, where he underwent first-aid followed by skin grafting procedure.

    Santosh, who is recovering from his surgery in Abu Dhabi

    You never think youll be on fire while riding a bike, even though as a racer you tend to think of all sorts of scenarios in your head breaking bones, blacking out, going off a cliff and so on,
    It was a really hot day and the bike was overheating a bit. I contemplated stopping but the finish wasnt far, so I thought that Id make, using high gears to cool the engine and so on. In retrospect, I should have just stopped.
    I had been running a little low on the fuel too so I switched on the secondary fuel tank (located at the back of the bike) which pumps fuel into the main tank while riding,
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    However, during the fuel transfer, some fuel overflowed and came in contact with hot engine parts, which resulted in an unexpected fuel fire, leaving Santosh with third degree burns and ending his rally prematurely.

    Earlier in the week, Santosh had finished 16th in the qualifying run and was set to be first on the road for the opening stage, as top 15 qualifiers had a pick of their starting position.

    Despite being satisfied by his speed in qualifying in a grid of 61 riders, Santosh had an uphill task at his hand since he was set to open the stage and the rally on day one always a tough ask, even more so on unforgiving and unknown deserts of the Emirates.

    With his experience astride his Suzuki 450F limited to just a couple of days compared to the thousands of kilometers worth of rally-raid experience his competitors had under their belts, Santosh wasnt expecting much from the opening days of the event.

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    However, the first stage of the rally was cancelled as a powerful sandstorm with gusty winds and sand clouds led to dramatically reduced visibility, making it impossible for rescue helicopters to take off. In view of safety, organisers wisely decided to call off the action on day one.

    The start was thus shifted to day two, where Santosh was the first to start the 250km stage. As expected, soft sands and spectacular but unforgiving dunes made progress difficult and he slipped down the order as he got to grips with the endurance genre of rallying.

    The bike is really heavy and tricky to maneuver and the surface is incredibly difficult to tread. And once you get stuck youve had it you can easily lose 10-15 minutes before you get going so its best to conserve and pace yourself as you never know what you might run into,
    At the end of the 250-kilometer stage on day two, Santosh was 14th in the 450 class (out of 29 riders) and 26th overall (out of 61 riders) in the standings.

    Day three saw competitors negotiating an arduous distance of 284 kilometers and progress was difficult for Santosh as he fought to conserve the bike and his strength for the final two legs of the rally. He lost a few positions as a result and dropped to 19th in class and 33rd overall.

    The fourth day dawned with riders set to cover 266 kilometers that made up leg four, and Santosh was feeling confident of the route ahead with just two more stages of the rally to go.

    As he got into his stride and started to push closer to his pace from qualifying, he immediately started coming through the field, literally, overtaking riders on the stage.

    I was feeling really good as two full, competitive days on the bike had given me immense confidence and I could push closer and closer to limit and still had the sense of backing off where necessary
    As he was set to finish the stage comfortably in the top 15 with the finish almost in sight, disaster struck.

    Having realised there was a fire, I immediately got off and just stood there, frozen, for a few seconds as my riding gear zipper and helmet strap melted.
    I certainly hadnt expected anything like this to happen and I most certainly didnt want to breathe my last in the middle of a desert while being on fire,
    Santosh lost more precious seconds as he frantically tried to undo his riding gear and helmet with no success before deciding to roll himself in the sand to douse out the flames.

    I was quite tired and drained out, it was near the end of the stage so as you can imagine I wasnt too sharp. I was surrounded by sand and yet couldnt think of a way to put out the fire!
    It was only 30 seconds from the time I got off the bike and rolled onto the ground but felt like forever,
    Luckily, in a gesture rarely experienced nowadays in the cut-throat world of motorsport, the crew of the BMW X-Raid team stopped to help Santosh and remained by his side until the rescue chopper arrived.

    After being administered first-aid, Santosh underwent surgery in Abu Dhabi courtesy of the organisers, as they recognised the fact that he was the first Indian ever to participate in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge which was first held in 1991.

    I am grateful to the organisers and everyone involved and will take a lot back from my experience. When it comes to events like this, it isnt just about riding, there are so many other perspectives and the unthinkable can very easily become a reality. You always hear about these things but I really went through it, and it is something I will continue to learn from for the rest of my career
    Now I just want to get back to India and recover as soon as possible to continue my preparation for my ultimate goal which is the Dakar. This experience has me even stronger in my resolve and I will be working towards it full-steam from now on,
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    Default Re: National Supercross Champion CS Santosh to compete in World CrossCountry Champion

    good luck for better future.It was great to see you there.I will watch the video again.I am not feeling well today as I am ill and I am using hip protectors as per my GP advised.

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    Default CS Santosh wins at the 12th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm

    In Rally Moto (Motorcycles), CS Santosh of Bangalore retained his title as Indias top biker by ranking first, driving a Suzuki RMX 450. The second prize in this category went to Helmut Frauwallner of Austria, driving a Yamaha WR450F. Third in Rally Moto was Suresh Babu, driving a Suzuki RMS 450Z.
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    Default Re: CS Santosh wins at the 12th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm

    Round 2 of the World Cross Country Rallies was held at Qatar, Sealine Cross Country Rally.

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    It is considered as the toughest navigation rally in the world. The stages are really long with an average SS being 400 kms.
    I really struggled with the navigation the first 3 days and the 3rd being the hardest Navigation of the Rally.
    The rally is notorious with rocks just everywhere and I had so many moments where I almost lost it.
    On day 4 I crashed while I was navigating and ruptured my right fuel tank. I was able to isolate the fuel tank and finish the stage by running only the rear and front left tank.
    Day 5 would was a delight I rode really good and at the end of the the 326 km stage I was 4 min and 50 seconds behind the stage winner. It was a moment that's even now hard to believe!
    Final result was an 8th overall in the bikes and now I have also moved up to 8th in the world championship standings.

    World championship*|*Classifications*|*Cross-Country Rallies*|*World Championships*|*Sport*|*Fdration Internationale de Motocyclisme

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